Rod and Gun Club holds annual meeting Jan. 21

Photo by Hank Lohmeyer Members of the Cedaredge High School FFA chapter were chefs, servers and clean up help for 130 members at Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club's annual banquet and meeting on Jan. 21 at Pioneer Town's Stolte Shed. Pictured from left, are Ben

Members of the Cedaredge Rod and Gun Club at their annual banquet meeting on Jan. 21 elected Bruce Pendleton and Doug McCully to the board of directors.

The newly elected directors replace retiring board members Ken Miller and Roger Hanson, a long-time club member whose father was an original founding club member.

Attendees of the meeting heard reports showing a busy and successful year. Range improvement projects have been completed and more are planned for 2017. New programs are attracting new sport shooters to the club's facilities and activities.

Of particular note during the evening presentations were the following items:

• In 2016 some $7,000 was spent on various range improvements. Included was a project to improve the .22 long rifle range and install silhouette targets with pneumatic reset equipment.

• The .22 range improvements have spawned new interest in the caliber, and events have drawn as many as 25 participants. Competition distances out to 150 yards are drawing some perfect scores.

• The club has gotten its non-profit status. A grant funded project under the new 501(c)3 status is a joint DPW/USF&G supported project to improve sanitary facilities at the range. It is believed the club's grant request got a high rating due to the club's focus on youth sport shooting programs and activities.

• There are 18 participants on the club supported high school trap shooting team. Members are scoring high in national level competitions that are conducted on virtual platforms.

• A $5,000 grant from the Elizabeth Colt Legacy Foundation has provided a $5,000 grant to the club for its high school program.

• The Cedaredge Police Department is now doing its official practice shooting at the gun club's range.

• The club has initiated new programs that support women in shooting sports and teach the basics of firearm use and home defense. Legal issues are addressed by certified law enforcement personnel from the Cedaredge Police Department. The club's programs allow women the opportunity to become comfortable with their firearms by practicing with other women. There are over 50 women enrolled in the club's Women's Shooting Group.

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